Foundation Programme Overview

Muscat University recognises that most Omani and some international students seeking to take an undergraduate degree programme will require a Foundation Programme to help prepare them for their studies. This is particularly the case if those students have not previously studied in an English medium high school or if the main subject of their proposed degree is in an academic area that is new to them.

The University’s Foundation Programme aims to produce ‘degree-ready’ students planning to progress onto one of the bachelor programmes delivered in partnership with Aston University. The Foundation Programme is quality assured by Aston University, UK.

The Muscat University Foundation Programme consists of English; English for Academic Purposes; IT/Computing; Maths, and subject-specific modules relating to the future bachelor programme the student wishes to join. Study skills are embedded throughout the modules.

The Foundation Programme is delivered over 36 weeks. The academic year consists of 3 x 12-week terms with a two-week break between terms. During each term, students will study different modules which increase in challenge and English language complexity over the three terms.

The Muscat University Foundation Programme fully complies with the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority’s (OAAA) guidelines for Foundation Programmes in Oman. Each Module Specification document has been carefully mapped to the OAAA learning outcomes.

The main outcomes of the Muscat University Foundation Programme are as follows:

  1. Equip students with a tool kit of academic literacies to enable them to undertake an undergraduate degree programme. Such literacies include soft skills such as giving an effective presentation; taking part in seminars, and working in groups as well as a set of key academic skills such as the use of paraphrase, quotation and citation.
  2. Improve students’ English language proficiency to a level in which the students can undertake a bachelor degree taught exclusively through the medium of English.
  3. Develop an introductory-subject-specific knowledge of the bachelor degree the student is planning to study.
  4. Develop analytical and mathematical problem-solving skills and apply them to practical real-world problems.
  5. Equip students with IT skills required for undergraduate study and the workplace.
  6. Able to reflect on one’s learning and development and put in place remedial measures and action plans to develop weaknesses in language and skills.
  7. Start to create independent, life-long learners who are able to think critically.
  8. Acculturate students to the academic environment of a Higher Education Institution.

Admission Requirements

Foundation Programme (FP)

Before entry to the Muscat University FP, students are normally required to have completed high school education or equivalent in Oman or in their own country. Evidence of completion in the form of a school-leaving certificate is expected to be enclosed with the enrolment form. Students must normally have a minimum English language proficiency level equivalent to IELTS 4.5 for entry to the GFP prior to joining the programme. Muscat University will assess the language proficiency of all students on arrival to facilitate class placement and appropriate tuition. Students will need to be approved by the Ministry of Education before their acceptance is confirmed by Muscat University.

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Completion of HSC: GPA 3.00 or grade B with no less than 55 % in any subject

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  • Original documents for proof of identity
  • Original academic qualifications

Registration Documents

All students must apply for registration within the dates specified in the academic calendar. Muscat University staff will need to sight original documents for proof of identity and the academic qualifications on which the student’s application for admission are based. Inquiries regarding registration should be directed to the Registrar’s office.

Admission Assessment Test

General Foundation Programme (GFP)

All students will take a GFP entrance assessment to determine whether they have already met the required GFP learning outcomes. If a student has already met the required learning outcomes for the English, Mathematics or Computing component of the GFP, they will not be required to take that component of the GFP. If a student satisfies the standards for all three components (English, Mathematics and Computing) during entry testing, they will be awarded the certificate of attainment for the entire GFP. For example, for the English component, an IELTS score of at least 6.0 (with none of the four areas of writing, speaking, listening and reading below 5.5) or a TOEFL score of at least 525 may, subject to agreement between Muscat University and its international partners, be deemed equivalent to passing the standards applicable to that component.
In line with the OAAA prescribed standards, the Study Skills standards will not be subject to pre-entry testing. This is because effective assessment of study skills involves methods other than a test or examination. Therefore, the Study Skills component of a GFP will be required only if a student is taking any of the English, Mathematics or Computing components.

Pre-Master’s Programme (PMP)

All students will take a PMP entrance assessment to determine whether they have already met the required PMP learning outcomes. If a student has already met the required learning outcomes, including possession of an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent, they may, subject to agreement between Muscat University and any relevant international partner, be deemed equivalent to passing the standards applicable to that component.In line with the OAAA prescribed standards, the Study Skills standards will not be subject to pre-entry testing. This is because effective assessment of study skills involves methods other than a test or examination. Therefore, the Study Skills component of a GFP will be required only if a student is taking any of the English, Mathematics or Computing components.